FT Island is the name of the South Korean pop-rock band (genre: rock ballad) which consist of five talented boys. This is not your usual boy band where all they do is sing and dance on stage. These talented lads actually play their own instruments.
Five Treasured Boys
F.T. Island stands for Five Treasure Island as each of the members are so cherished and thus they are referred to as a “treasure”. Don’t ask me how “island” came into the equation. The band has an official colour, and it’s yellow. Their fans carry and wave yellow flags known as “pentasticks” to show their love and support.
Their debut album, Cheerful Sensibility was the sixth best-selling album in South Korea for 2007, selling 79,789 copies. This album consist of 13 tracks and you will hear work from famous producers who produced for SG Wannabe and Japanese band SMAP. The album was repackaged and re-released on December 3, 2007 with three additional songs, a photobook, photocards, and a mixing program (Music 2.0) so that you can play around with the levels of the instrument and vocals in the album. The repackaged version is called The Refreshment and it sold another 25,724 copies!
The group will hold their first concert in Malaysia on 30 March, 2008 at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater.
Let’s get to know the treasured band members.
Choi Jong Hun (최종훈) – Leader, piano and guitar
Prior to joining FT Island, Jong Hun was well known online as an “Ulljjang” or Net Idol. He is a very talented pianist and has played the piano since he was six years-old. His fans love him even though he could be pretty awkward and cheesy on stage.
DOB: 07 March 1990
Blood Type: A
Best known for his: Sharp features & nose
Lee Hong Gi (이홍기) – Lead Vocalist
Hong Gi first debuted as a child actor but later decided to be a singer. He has appeared in KBS2’s kids drama “Magic Kid Masuri” and MBC’s TV drama “Bingjun”. On EBS TV, he appeared in numerous dramas such as “Ggangsuni” and was nicknamed “EBSHongstar”. He has kept the name Hongstar ever since.
DOB: 02 March, 1990
Blood Type: AB
Best known for his: Smiling eyes & bright smile
Lee Jae Jin (이재진) – Bassist
In 2007, Jae Jin landed the prominent acting role in the KBS drama “Unstoppable Marriage”. Since then, his individual popularity has soared. He is known to be the smart and serious one. But he is not like that all the time, and can often be seen goofing around with his fellow bandmember Hong Gi.
DOB: 17 December 1991
Blood Type: A
Best known for his: Lips
Choi Min Hwan (최민환) – Drummer
The baby of the group gets to play the drums! Barely 16 years-old, he has been playing the drums since age 12. Min Hwan’s favourite food is chicken and he usually poses for the camera with his “double peace sign”.
DOB: 11 November 1992
Blood Type: A
Best known for his: Cuteness
Song Seung Hyun (송승현)
DOB: August 21, 1992
The latest edition to the band (he replaces Oh Won-bin) sings vocals, raps and plays the guitar.
Oh Won Bin announced that he has left the group in January 2009. He enrolled in Gyeonggi University to continue his studies.
New member Song Seung-hyun joined FT Island as Won-bin’s replacement.
Oh Won Bin (오원빈) – Guitar, vocals, rap
Won Bin is not only skilled in music, but also in martial arts. He is an accomplished kickboxer and has been training since childhood. He is know to be the tough and macho one in the group.
DOB: 26 March 1990
Blood Type: O
Best known for his: Smiling eyes, muscular arms and toned abs
Go to the F.T. Island official site where you will be greeted with the soothing sounds of lapping waves…
Update Jan 2009: Guitarist Oh Won-bin has left the group and is replaced by Song Seung-hyun.